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EST 105
Process Support Systems

Credits: 3
Clock Hours per Quarter: 40

AA Discipline:

Lecture Hours:20    Lab Hours:20

Review key biomass conversion process technologies, i.e. types of bio-chemical and mechanical conversion processes used at first generation and advanced biofuel plants, municipal wastewater treatment plants, industrial food and beverage processors, pulp and paper mills, and cogeneration facilities. Focus on the often universal, critical process support systems (non-electrical) that enable the conversion of different types of biomass into heat and power, transportation fuels, clean water, food and beverage products, and/or high value chemicals and products.

Intended Learning Outcomes
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the prevalent and emerging plant support systems integral to the operations of wastewater, pulp and paper, bioenergy, food/beverage, cogeneration, and chemical facilities.
  • Apply basic principles of regulatory factors and industry standards to plant support systems.
  • Identify examples of real-life duties for Plant Operators, including: monitoring, tracking, recording, documenting, and helping correct processes in real-time where safety is the highest priority.
  • Identify the processes and/or companies most interested in for Internship or Cooperative Work Experiences.

  • Course Topics
  • Overview of Bioenergy Operations degree and Process Support Systems. 101 on Note Taking and Studying.
  • WorkSource, Cooperative Experience, Labs, and Handbooks.
  • Safety Review: PPE, PSM, RM, EHS, PHA, SDS, MOC.
  • PNW Biomass.
  • Water Systems: Potable Water, Wastewater, Cooling Water, Fire Systens, Utility Water, De-aerated Water.
  • Ethanol Fuel Plant Lab.
  • Separation Systems: Separation, Extraction, Distillation, Stripping/Absorption, Dehydration/Absorption, Filtration/Separation.
  • Air Systems: Breathing Air, Instrument Air, Utility Air, Air Compressors.
  • System Chemicals: Nitrogen, CO2,H2, NaOH, Water vapor, Natural Gas, and Fuel Gas.
  • Wastewater Treatment Plant Lab.
  • Material Handling and Storage: Temperature and Agitation for shutdown // Product Coding // MSDS Placards.

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    Year Quarter
    EST 105
    Winter 2015
    Jason Selwitz

    Two Year Projected Schedule

    Year One* Year Two**

    *If fall quarter starts on an odd year (2003, 2005, etc.), it's Year One.
    If fall quarter starts on an even year (2002, 2004, etc.), it's Year Two.